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Minor League Baseball

Gnats get better of Jackets again

In Savannah, Ga., Robert Gsellman allowed one run in seven innings as the Sand Gnats claimed a 3-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Gsellman (2-1) gave up three hits and had three strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.12.

Joe Biagini (2-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings for the GreenJackets, who fell to 2-6 against the Sand Gnats this season.

Golf

Pacers bounced in quarterfinals

In Hershey, Pa., USC Aiken was eliminated in the match play quarterfinals at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship on Thursday.

The Pacers lost 3-2 to Lynn on the East Course at Hershey Country Club.

The teams played a medal-match-play format. Unlike traditional match play, the winner is not decided by the number of holes won, rather the lowest 18-hole total.

Daniel Young clinched the win for the Fighting Knights, making par on No. 18 to post 71 and a one-shot win over Mark Dickson.

Lynn’s other wins came from Jose Andres Miranda, who shot 75 and defeated USC Aiken’s Taylor Welborn (79) and Ernesto Vitienes, who posted 73 and beat Hayden Letien (75).

The Pacers’ points game from JP Solis, who shot 71 to beat Lynn’s Roberto Francioni (71), and Matt Atkins, who had 74 and dropped Flip Timmermann (77).

• In Athens, Ga., Annie Park shot 2-under-par 70 to take the individual lead and help Southern California increase its lead to 17 strokes with one round left in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.

Duke is in second place at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

• In High Point, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz is tied for third at the eGolf Tour’s Willow Creek Open.

Krywulycz posted his second consecutive 5-under 67 and is at 10-under 134, one shot behind leaders Adam Mitchell and Seamus Power at High Point Country Club.

The other locals in the field – Brad Arrington, Taylor Floyd, Derek Chang and Rob Bennett – all missed the cut.

Track and Field

Historic run ends for Jags’ Ross

In Pueblo, Colo., Augusta State’s Dustin Ross failed to qualify for the finals in the men’s 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships.

Ross, the first Jaguar to reach the nationals in track and field and the last athlete to compete under the Augusta State name, posted a time of 4 minutes, 17 seconds in a qualifying heat. He finished 19th out of 20 runners.

Swimming

Ex-coach given
7 years in prison

A Virginia man who was once one of the nation’s most prominent swimming coaches has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.

Richard J. Curl was charged last year after a woman told police that he sexually abused her between the ages of 13 and 18 when he was her swim coach.

Tennis

Querrey falls to wild-card entry

In Nice, France, American Sam Querrey was eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Open de Nice, losing to wild-card entry Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Vasselin will play Albert Montanes, a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Paul-Henri Mathieu.


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